Cummins to host annual recycling day

Cummins, Inc. will offer Bartholomew County residents a chance to recycle a wide variety of items free at the company’s seventh annual Community-Wide Recycling Day.

The event will be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 22 at the Columbus Engine Plant, 500 Central Ave.

More than 100 volunteers from Cummins will help local residents as they drop off wastes such as cardboard, antifreeze, glass bottles, tires and batteries, and electronic waste such as computer components and televisions.

Cummins observes Environmental Month each June, said Pat Cotter, the engine plant’s environmental manager.

Community-Wide Recycling Day is just one of several programs the plant hosts during the month.

Cummins employees focus on a different environmental theme of energy, water or waste reduction each week in June, and are given new challenges to reduce their environmental footprint at home, at work or in the community, he said.

Every Cummins worksite is encouraged to plan engaging, educational and hands-on environmental events at work and in the community, Cotter said.

In 2016, Recycling Day attracted 1,023 consumer drop-offs, with 50 tons of materials collected and recycled. Cotter said he hopes to increase the number of donations this year.

The number of items donated during Community-Wide Recycling Day has increased each year, Cotter said.

If you go

What: Cummins Community-Wide Recycling Day

When: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 22

Where: Cummins Engine Plant, 500 Central Ave., Columbus

How much: Free

Items accepted

Items dropped off for recycling during Community-Wide Recycling Day for recycling must be cleaned. Cummins employees volunteering at the event will help unload items as residents drop them off. The following items will be accepted:

Post-consumer waste

  • Antifreeze
  • Cardboard
  • Aluminum cans
  • Used motor oil
  • Batteries of all kinds
  • Tires (no tractor tires)
  • Steel/tin food cans
  • Bricks, pavers and cement blocks
  • Glass bottles (no plate glass, ceramic glasses or drinking glasses)
  • 4-foot or compact fluorescent lights
  • Gently used clothing or shoes
  • Paper (newspaper, mail)
  • Scrap metal
  • Household paint (5-gallon limit)
  • Plastic bottles and containers
  • Binders and folders

Electronic waste

  • Copy/fax machines
  • Audio/visual equipment
  • VHS/DVD players
  • Audio-Visual carts
  • Computer components
  • Toner/ink
  • Wires, cables and cords
  • Calculators, phones, cameras, computers, microwaves
  • Analyzers and test equipment
  • LCD monitors
  • Security equipment
  • Televisions
  • Overhead projectors
  • Typewriters
  • Stereo equipment
  • Printers and scanners
  • Vacuum cleaners